The high-profile rape case of NBA star Derrick Rose has come to a close, and it’s not good news for his alleged victim.
On Wednesday, a federal jury of six women and two men in a Los Angeles court found Rose and his friends Randall Hampton and Ryan Allen not liable for drugging and raping Rose’s ex-girlfriend in the early hours of August 27, 2013, at her apartment. The woman, identified only as Jane Doe, reported the incident to police two years later. While a criminal case is still pending with the LAPD, the civil case moved forward in 2015, resulting in the two week trial. And though Rose and Co. should be happy with the outcome, there’s little to be proud of when it comes to the way they comported themselves throughout the trial, right down to the very end.
Right after the decision came through, Joel Rubin of the Los Angeles Times tweeted this photo.
The attorney pictured is Mike Monico, one of the defense attorneys on Rose’s team. While it’s one thing to feel justice has been served for your side, it’s quite another to celebrate like you’re in the NBA playoffs. And as for the juror, it’d be a gross understatement to say this is in poor taste.
Monico and Rose had some other standout moments. A few days into the trial—which kicked off on October 4—Jane Doe was on the witness stand to describe her version of events. While delivering her testimony, Rose reportedly entered the courtroom for the first time, and she began to cry. The AP reported that during a break in testimony, Monico told U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald that they could have her “crying all day,” and asked the judge if he could order her to stop. In a brief moment of decency, the judge replied: “I’m not going to order the witness not to cry any more than I’m going to order her not to breathe,”
And from the very beginning of this very public trial, Rose's team seems to have done its best to assassinate the accuser's character. When the charges were announced, Rose held a press conference on September 29, 2015, to respond. He said:
“I will be proven innocent, but at the same time, it hasn’t affected anything. It’s not true. I take it as motivation. I feel like the devil is just working. I feel like I’m on the right track as far as where I want to be at in my life. And I feel like when you’re that focused, people try to take you down.”
Once the trial date was set, the team attempted to slut-shame the accuser into publicly revealing her identity. In a document submitted by his lawyers to the court, they argued she was "publicly portraying herself as sexual. The production includes photos from Plaintiff’s Instagram account that are sexual in nature. In these images, Plaintiff is dressed in provocative attire, is in sexually suggestive poses, and is in photographs indicating that she engages in sexually charged encounters with more than one man at a time." They believed her social media could override her "apparent desire for anonymity."
What's worse, their request was granted—though it was later settled in a compromise, in which the alleged victim would be referred to by name in court but as Jane Doe in the media.
We could go on and on about the many microaggressions, and gross lack of understanding of consent by the alleged perpetrators, but the civil case is now closed, and for now, Rose can get back to his new team, the New York Knicks.
Marisa Kabas is a Sex + Life reporter based in New York City. She loves baseball, bunnies and bagels.